At 36, Souleymanou Hamidou is the oldest member of the Cameroon squad, although not necessarily the most experienced, having spent many years as a back-up goalkeeper. Before living in the shadows of Carlos Idriss Kameni, he played second fiddle to Boukar Alioum, but was still part of the squad that won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 2000.
After learning his trade with Cameroonian high-fliers Cotonsport Garoua, he made an early move to Turkey, where he joined Caykur Rizespor. Although he was just 16 at the start of his three-season spell with the club, he made no fewer than 40 appearances. This exposure brought him to the attention of several much larger teams, and in 2003, he ended up signing for Denizlispor.
In south-west Turkey, he kept goal for five seasons, becoming one of the stars of the club with over 100 appearances to his name. The next side to come courting was Kayserispor, where he moved in 2008 and has been first-choice keeper ever since.